Author, Big Game Fisherman
21 July 1899 – 2 July 1961
Ernest Hemingway is recognized and respected as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. His creation of the “iceberg theory” of writing was a key development in the creation of modern, American prose.
Reflecting Hemingway’s tumultuous life, his novels vacillated between tales of intense suffering (inspired by his real-life experiences in war-stricken Europe) and stories based around his love of nature and hunting.
Searching for solitude in a fractious world, Hemingway bought his boat Pilar and began cruising the Caribbean. In 1935 he arrived at Bimini, where he spent a considerable amount of time and worked on To Have and Have Not.
In Cuba, he wrote the draft of The Old Man and the Sea, saying that it was “the best I can write ever for all of my life.” This masterpiece went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1953 for and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954.
When he wasn’t writing, Hemingway spent much of his time deep-sea fishing in Florida, the Bahamas and Cuba, finding solace in the breathtaking majesty of the open water. His legend, personality and constant pursuit of adventure loomed almost as large as his creative talent.